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Founded by Ifeanyi Oganwu in 2008 and incorporated in 2009, Expand Design Ltd is a London-based studio engaging in architecture and furniture design by investigating the correlation between history, base materials and opportunities presented by state-of-the-art fabrication techniques. Through our projects, we unearth unidentified typologies that are inspired by the past, grounded in the present, and on a journey to a new aesthetic domain.


Cityscapes, 2016Posted by Admin Jul 21, 2017 14:52:43

Cufflinks, 9KT Rose Gold, 2016
15 x 17 mm / 0.6 x 0.7 in
Edition of 12 + 2AP

Ring, 9KT Rose Gold, 2016
37 x 33 mm / 1.5 x 1.3 in
Edition of 12 + 2AP

Earrings, 9KT Rose Gold, 2016
45 x 23 mm / 1.8 x 0.9 in
Edition of 12 + 2AP

Cityscapes collection of wearable structures seeks to unify natural and manmade landscapes. Here, the functional support acts as a horizon line from which shards are reflected to create interactive elements with varying geometric intricacy.

Works in the collection include a double ring, large earrings, and a pair of cufflinks, all of which grow from aggregated clusters of folded shards - the primary unit of the designs which are inspired by metropolitan skylines mirrored on bodies of water.

Presented by Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Contemporary Artists.

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Selected Press Fall 2016 – Waveforms

PressPosted by Admin Jul 21, 2017 14:40:16

Annabelle Birchenough. “Taking the Everyday, a Meeting with Ifeanyi Oganwu.” 1:54 Art Fair Editorial Feature, September 2016

PDF copy of expanded version available to download via link below:

Fleur Macdonald. “Between Design and Art at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.” TRUE Africa, October 8, 2016

Akinyi Ochieng. “Our 5 Favorite Highlights of 1:54 Contemporary African Fair London 2016.” Okayafrica International Edition, October 9, 2016

Grace Banks. “1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: The Eye of Modern Mali and More.” Wallpaper, October 16, 2016

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1:54 FORUM, 2016

TalksPosted by Admin Jul 21, 2017 14:14:06

Talk – Waveforms, in conjunction with Phoebe Boswell and Princess Alia Al-Senussi.

Expanding on approach to collaborative practice, part of 1:54’s FORUM Series curated by Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, Raw Material Company, Dakar).

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016.

Listen HERE.

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Waveforms – 1:54 Lounge and Bookshop Design, 2016

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 21, 2017 13:58:56

Photos by Victor Raison.

In collaboration with Galerie Armel Soyer, textile design firm Toghal, and visual artist Phoebe Boswell.

A series of special objects for the 2016 Edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held at Somerset House, London.

The installation developed specific spatial devices to amplify the porosity between the exterior and interior of the main lounge. The external terraces were transformed into soft rooms from which to take in sights and sounds of London. Meanwhile, the lounge was defined by waveforms of various scales. In the bookshop, new works are adapted to explore both the circularity and vertical axis of the room; overall the dynamic presentations encouraged flexible use of the spaces.

Dates: Oct 6-9, 2016.

Additional Information:





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Pedestal, 2016Posted by Admin Jul 21, 2017 13:35:41

Pedestal + Duniake, Moulded Birch Ply, Cotton with Digital Print, Linen, Foam, 2016
475 x 384 x 400 mm / 18.70 x 15.12 x 15.75 in
Edition of 200

In this new collaboration fusing art and design, tradition and modernity, the Duniake fabric of female bodies is inspired by the everyday language of the Kenyan khanga and was created by Phoebe Boswell, whose work combines the digital and exquisite draftswomanship in her personal exploration of ‘home’.

The Pedestal assembly elevates the presentation of the artist designed fabrics while disappearing into the background - this is achieved through the vocabulary of arches, which are ubiquitous in urban landscapes. The pair of cylindrical bolsters suggest an innovative approach to seating whilst appearing to be displaced or broken off from a larger assembly.

The Pedestal reduces the stool typology to its essential form, combining moulded plywood shells supported by a pair of vertical walls and an inclined brace that is partially visible on the side elevation.

Pedestool, Laminated Birch Ply, 2016
475 x 384 x 400 mm / 18.70 x 15.12 x 15.75 in
Edition of 10

In collaboration with Toghal UK.

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Current Exhibitions - Summer 2016

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 15, 2016 13:42:16

Autonomous Rex – a speculative architectural project from 2006 which envisions a radical extension to Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, is included in Vitra Design Museum's travelling survey of the Bauhaus.

The exhibition titled The Bauhaus #itsalldesign is curated by Jolanthe Kugler and offers a contemporary reading of the historical institution.

Catalogue available HERE.

Exhibition dates:
01/04/2016 – 14/08/2016, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
14/10/2016 – 07/01/2017, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

Gallery Elle has partnered with Armel Soyer to present Zurich’s only gallery dedicated to contemporary design.

The space located at Mommsenstrasse 18, opened on May 19th with a group show that includes Blue Milk.

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Current and Recent Exhibitions

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Apr 01, 2016 13:58:50

03/2016 – 08/2016
Splice presented at Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design.
Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.

10/2015 – 02/2016
Splice presented at Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design.
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.

Travelling exhibition curated by Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor as consulting curator.

03/2016 – 04/2016
Blue Milk, presented by Galerie Armel Soyer at Pavilion of Art & Design, Paris.

12/2015 – 02/2016
Shwisty presented at Maker Maker exhibition, part of the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen.

Curated by Benjamin Ward.

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Shwisty, 2015Posted by Admin Mar 07, 2016 15:10:45

Shwisty, Mild Steel, 2015
760 x 1510 x 2740 mm / 29.92 x 59.45 x 107.87 in
910 x 1830 x 2740 mm / 35.83 x 72.05 x 107.87 in (Including net)

is a participatory surface designed for public use and engineered for both indoor and outdoor settings, part of a series in which compact functional planar surfaces are derived from folded continuous loops. Its multipurpose nature lends the table to work, play and relaxation depending on the number of users at a given time.

The design is formed of planar sheet steel constructs – 5mm in thickness, which create dichromatic structural supports and playing surfaces. Diachromatism is introduced as topological markers to describe the trajectory and structural interdependence within each group of planar surfaces, resulting in the combination of pattern and function. An approach inspired by a range of sources notably Hank Willis Thomas’s photograph Crossroads as well as Peter Doig’s painting Ping Pong.

The construction incorporates manufacturing technologies and processes available in Shenzhen with a view towards deploying the work in other cities – one per continent. In addition to adapting design to each site of installation, local fabrication expertise will be utilized as a means to produce a range of unique results within the series. In this instance, the constituent parts are cut offsite with assembly and finishing carried out onsite.

Commissioned on the occasion of the 2015 Bi-City Biennale in Shenzhen, and deployed at Maker Maker in order to create an active surface where play and relaxation are not only encouraged; they coexist within the site of an exhibition.

Photos Chaos Zhang, courtesy UABB (SZ).

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FT Review of ‘Making Africa’ at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

PressPosted by Admin Nov 19, 2015 18:08:21

Splice is featured in the Financial Times review of 'Making Africa' at the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Caroline Roux. “Africa: The Connected Continent.” Financial Times, Life & Arts, November 7, 2015

PDF copy available to download via link below:

Please visit www.ft.com/making-africa for slideshow accompanying the review.

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Autonomous Rex and Short Contribution Featured in Vitra’s Bauhaus Catalogue

BooksPosted by Admin Nov 17, 2015 11:24:02

The illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanying Vitra’s survey ‘The Bauhaus itsalldesign’ is available to purchase online.

Edited by Mateo Kries and Jolanthe Kugler, the catalogue includes contributions by Lord Foster, Jasper Morrison, Joseph Grima, with essays by Arthur Rüegg and Jan Boelen, among others.
Autonomous Rex, 2006

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Video Tour of Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau

PressPosted by Admin Nov 17, 2015 11:18:27
Wonderfully tongue-in-cheek video tour of PDLEN starring model turned real estate broker Trish Goff.

Felix Burrichter. “Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home.” Episode 187, W Magazine Fashion Films, November 6, 2015

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BULGY Inverted / Acoustic Stories

PressPosted by Admin Oct 20, 2015 13:53:23

Installation Detail, BULGY Inverted at Design Miami/Basel 2015
Photo, Fred Biver

Acoustic Stories, a new feature on fakeormistake photo blog features audio interview covering BULGY Inverted following its DMB 2015 presentation by Galerie Armel Soyer.

Fred Biver. “Histoires Acoustiques – Ifeanyi Oganwu | Expand Design LTD.” fakeormistake, June 2015

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